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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Bamboozled!?

A friend has been raving about an artisan milk teahouse that has opened in her neck of the woods for some time.

Curious, I decided to give the high-end tea a try and ordered via a food delivery service.

The milk tea was delivered in this beautiful paper bag...


and in a tall, elegant, 9 inch cup. 

It cost me almost twice the price I would pay for my regular bubble tea but I thought it was well worth the money, judging by the height of the cup.

I had the White Peach Oolong Milk Tea and it really was amazing!

Funnily, when I savoured the last drop, it didn't feel like there was a lot of tea in such a tall cup.

My curiosity piqued, I tore up the back of the cup and here's what was revealed!

Haha! This explains the very short thin straw that came with it!

So was I duped?

Not really. I was told that when the milk tea shop first opened, they launched their "Tear Cup" campaign where mystery gifts like discount vouchers, lipsticks, mini bottles of hand sanitizers and perfumes, etc were hidden in their signature cups.

A rather clever marketing gimmick, don't you agree?

42 comments:

betty said...

It is a clever marketing technique! Good you knew about it before the fact otherwise I might have felt a bit cheated, no matter how good the drink tasted!

betty

Schwabenfrau said...

Hi,
at least you have found the solution to the riddle and now you know more. Maybe you will try another strain.
Eva wishes you a good week

italiafinlandia said...

...a kind of Easter egg? LOL!

Jill said...

You are right - that is a gorgeous bag and cup for such a beautiful presentation. And at least the tea was delciious!

Sandee said...

Tea and a surprise too. Brilliant.

Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

Hena Tayeb said...

Ah! How horrible?

David M. Gascoigne, said...

That's a lot of packaging for a cup of tea. I would have been happy with just the tea.

Lin said...

How about a cookie surprise in the bottom of the cup? Oh, there are so many fun things you could put in there. Cute idea....cool cup and bag.

NCSue said...

That was a fun bit of deceptive packaging, though.
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Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

good marketing if you know the reason for the cup otherwise I definitely would have felt cheated

stevebethere said...

That did make me laugh seeing that cup at the bottom LOl

Have a cuptastic safe week Veronica 😷😷😷

Kinga K. said...

I love tea❤

junie/jesh said...

Well, at least you enjoyed the peach oolong tea, haha. But their price its too high to make this a habit, lol.Unless you have no care about money ....smile. Thanks for putting the video in your post for All Seeasons and reveal their "secret!" Have a fantastic week, Veronica.Jesh

Phil Slade said...

Ha, ha. Sorry but I can't help laughing Veronica. It's what we call over here a "rip off". I bet you have phrase for it too.

Meditations in Motion said...

Wow! I don't know if I would order from that business again. Maybe if their tea was reeeeeally good! :)

Natalie said...

Glad you enjoyed the tea. Clever cup and bag designs although a bit much for packaging. #MCoW

Natasha said...

That sure is clever indeed, Vero. Well, not sure if they will lose business or not. But the packaging though lovely is deceptive.

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Zinaida Strinu said...


I really like the drawings on the bag and on the glass. I understand that the content was just right. ☺

Happy Wednesday, Veronica!

Tom said...

...it looks to me like you bought some pretty packaging.

Suzana said...

It's good to know! A secret place for nice gifts.
But the design of the bag and even the cup are very nice!
From time to time making us a small surprise is perfect!
All the best and Happy WW, Veronica

magiceye said...

Wonderful marketing though one would feel cheated.

Diana said...

A clever marketing technique but... Where is the surprise? The surprise is... without surprise. 😊 The bag is really beautiful.
I wish you a wonderful day! ❤️

the 4 M's said...

That is kind of funny but probably disappointing if you are not the one getting the mystery little gift.
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Keith's Ramblings said...

I'd forgive them for the cup, and the price as it's so beautifully presented!

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Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

I am glad you enjoyed the tea, otherwise it would have been very disappointing to find the cup wasn't what it seemed.
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pilch92 said...

I have not seen a cup like that.

Stef Rof said...

Very beautiful decoration. A good day !

Ed Dzitko said...

Never seen a cup like that. Interesting idea, but seems like a bit of a resources waste.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

It is a beautiful bag though....

Martha said...

Good as long as you knew the reason and didn't think you were just getting ripped off. Glad you enjoyed the tea too :)

XmasDolly said...

Hey Girlfriend, How ya doing? What I wanna know is what does this taste like warm milk, tea with milk or something else? Seems to me it would be some sort of tea with milk... hmmmm Now that's a big enough cup too! WOW! HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU MY FRIEND AND YOU'RE WEARING YOUR MASK ETC. I pray you and your whole family is healthy, safe and staying home. My state is on lock down I heard from my daughter. I never go anywhere anyway. Nice talking with you... hugs Dollyh

Lovely said...

That's a very clever marketing gimmick. I'm glad you enjoyed the tea.
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betty-NZ said...

How very clever! But, you liked the tea so that's a plus :)

It's great to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

handmade by amalia said...

I like the clever marketing and the beautiful cup and bag, they obviously take pride in their product.
Amalia
xo

roughterrain crane said...

Anyway the designs are good. Happy weekend to you.

Mellie said...

Pretty cup and that is a marketing idea. I never would have thought to look inside the cup for a prize!

mail4rosey said...

I would be the goofball who didn't realize there was a gift in the bottom when they were running the promotion, and waste a perfectly good freebie, lol. That's awesome you could have it delivered!

Rostrose said...

Hmm, I'm a little torn. On the one hand, the bag and mug look elegant. But I think that so much packaging material is not up to date. We have to save packaging instead of overdoing it, the world is already full of rubbish. And even if there used to be gifts hidden in the mug, I still think it's a sham package. It's good that the tea was at least tasty!
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Himawan Sant said...

Beautiful bag and cup design. They are good at choosing attractive designs that make people hooked to buy them.
Greetings from Indonesia.

Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe said...

Firstly, I loved the bag. It is so pretty 😊💓

Secondly, I found the 'Tear Cup' campaign brilliant though paying twice the usual price for those freebies, nahhh! By the way what goodie did you get 😀

Finally, I simply loved the way you narrated the whole episode. 😍

Tine de Jong said...

If you look closely you will see that there is some kind of cup underneath and that was the surprise. Sometimes people do a lot to attract customers, but many probably did not realize that there was still something in it. And has troy the cup away after drinking the tea. Thank you for your visit and nice reactions and it's great that you appreciate the cows as well. The Netherlands is quite beautiful, but you probably say that about your environment and that is why I enjoy other bloggers sharing something from their environment.